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Examine Lord Capulets motivation, attitude and behaviour in three key scenes and suggest how an actor could perform the part so as to convey these motives and attitudes to an audience.

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Examine Lord Capulets motivation, attitude and behaviour in three key scenes and suggest how an actor could perform the part so as to convey these motives and attitudes to an audience. The play "Romeo and Juliet" was written in 1589-95 by William Shakespeare. The play is a tragedy which means that it is a serious play and will not end happily for some will die. It was set in 16th century Verona in Italy, which was a patriarchal society. This meant that men had the power and all women were compelled under the control of their husbands and fathers. It was also part of a hierarchical society, which was a structure of class, with Prince Escalus at the top, then the Lords and Ladies, such as Lord Montague and Lord Capulet; rich tradesmen and merchants were under the lords, and at the bottom were the servants such as Juliet's nurse. The play is about "a pair of star-crossed lovers" who take their lives because of their families' feud. The house of Montague and the house of Capulet have been quarrelling for years and years, so Juliet of Capulet and Romeo of Montague fall into a "death-marked love." ...read more.

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He goes to see Capulet who is entertaining his guests like the good host that he his and is telling the servants what to do to make his guests feel good he seems to be enjoying then party and is pleased that it is all going smoothly. Tybalt tells Capulet that Romeo is here but because Capulet is in a joyous mood and Romeo is a "well governed youth" he tells Tybalt to leave him alone. But Tybalt presses on further until he starts to annoy Capulet and tension builds up even more. Capulet then insults calling him a "Saucy boy" whilst entertaining the guests by saying things like "well said my hearts." He is also ordering his servants what to do to improve the party in a firm and bossy way. Tybalt walks away disgruntled swearing that he will kill Romeo. And so the seeds of the tragedy are sewn Romeo and Juliet have fallen in love, and Tybalt swears that he will kill Romeo. The audience's impression of Capulet by the end of the scene is that he is a good host, a good Father but also looses his temper very easily. ...read more.

Conclusion

Then in act 1 scene 5 the audience thought that Capulet was a very good host telling every one to have a good time and enjoy themselves. They thought he was a very jolly person who loves entertaining people and that he had the image of a perfectionist. In Act 3 scene 5 the audience thought that lord Capulet was a horrible father who loses his temper far to quickly and that he was far to harsh toward Juliet and the nurse. Romeo and Juliet's love for each other was very important in the play because that was the reason for all the complications like the marriage between Paris that was arranged for Juliet, the banishment of Romeo because he would not fight Tybalt, the death of Mercutio, the death of Tybalt, the whole tragedy theme, the deaths of Romeo and Juliet and finally the bringing together of the Capulets and the Montague's. The bringing together of the Capulets and the Montague's happened because of Romeo and Juliet's love and their deaths. Because of these events both of the families realised how silly they had been and called friendship between them instead of war. ...read more.

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